Friday, August 8, 2014

Fill Me Up

I was 14 when I became a believer.  Shortly after that, I attended a youth camp, Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Lake Yale, Florida.  It's still there even after all these many years.

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
Being there was a life-changing experience for me.  I loved worshiping with others my age.  One of the activities that remains in my memory so vividly is our singing around the campfire.  Sure, we sang old classics like Kumbaya, but the song that stuck with me more than any other was "Fill my Cup, Lord."  

Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord!
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul;
Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more--
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!
(Lyrics - Wanda Jackson)

I can still hear that song in my memory today. I totally still want that same thing I wanted all those years ago - to be filled with Him and His power and not my own ambitions, will and desires. 

When I feel drained by all the world has thrown my way, I need to fill up with Him.

This post was written in response to the one word prompt "fill" found at 5 Minute Friday now hosted by Kate at the blog "heading home." This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.

Just write.

Also, the most important rule is that you visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement.  That’s the most fun of all, and the heart of this community.


LT Newcomb said...

Just dropping by from FMF. Thank you for this reminder. I do definitely need to ask the Lord to "Fill Me Up". Fill me to overflowing with Your love and strength Lord.

Beautiful words. Leigha

Susan Schiller said...

Five Minute Friday is so special, to share these snippets of God's grace and love. This memory of camp and the songs that have carved a deep river of passion for God in your heart blesses me! Thank you for sharing :)

Stephanie Faris said...

I never got to go to camp as a child...not the kind you went to for days. Sounds like a life-changing experience!

Faith said...

Fill my cup, Lord!!!! one of my very fave songs from!when I was a teen in the 1970s at the Pine Grove Free Methodist Camp in Saratoga springs, my!!!! You brought back memories with this post!!!! praises God!

betty said...

I like that lyrics you shared here! I have heard such wonderful things about youth camps; so many commitments made to Jesus there or recommitments; glad you got an opportunity to go back then :)


Joyful said...

As humans we need to be filled daily. It's hard to get through one day without the filling. I remember this one too. May need to use it again at church soon! We do mostly contemporary with an occasional hymn.

Melanie Cook said...

I remember that song, "Fill Me Up". I was a new Christian when I learned that too. That is my prayer too. Lake Yale is a pretty area. Have a blessed day.

BARBIE said...

Stopping over from the Five Minute Friday today. Crying out, "Fill my cup, Lord!"

Ceil said...

Hi Jerralea! I think every commenter here agrees with you. What a joy it is to feel filled! And I think I'll want that grace every day of my life, until I see him with my own eyes someday.

Beautiful reflection on 'fill'. And such a lovely memory from your camp days.